James Webb Telescope Completes Environmental Tests, A ‘Monumental’ Step Towards Launch

KEY POINTS

  • James Webb Space Telescope finally completed the series of environmental tests
  • It recently passed the tests to make sure that it will survive the launch in 2021
  • The tests simulated what it will likely experience on launch day

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) recently passed milestone tests. The all-important environment tests help ensure that the telescope will survive the trip to space.

It was only in August when Webb passed what’s called the “Ground Segment Test,” which made sure that it will be able to respond to the commands from Earth and also send back valuable data once in space.

In a NASA news release, on Tuesday, the agency said that Webb just passed more milestone tests, this time to ensure that it will survive the launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket in October 2021.

The recent tests are called the “acoustic” and

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